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Compact, point-and-shoot cameras are convenient, travel-ready, and inexpensive. They're also more capable—and complex—than ever. In Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera, photographer Derrick Story shows how to use a compact camera to take photos that rival those of far more expensive cameras. Derrick shows how to get the most out the camera's lens as you shoot wide-angle, telephoto, and even macro shots. Derrick also discusses the camera's exposure system and clarifies the differences among ISO settings and scene modes. He also shows how to get the best pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, including making judicious use of the flash to supplement existing light.
Compact cameras are great. They are very small. You can keep them in your pocket, yet they take very big pictures. Now the problem with them, if you consider it a problem, is that the lens that comes on these cameras, that's the lens you have. So it might not reach as far as you want. It might not get as much of the picture as you want, and if you haven't played with the controls, you might not be getting as close as you want and these are three things that can change the nature of your pictures. So what were going to do it is, you'll notice that I have three cameras.
We are going to play with two of these and I'm going to show you some techniques to get the most out of your cameras. Now, we're going to be playing with some buttons and menus here and what you see on these cameras might be a little bit different than how your camera looks. That's okay. What I want to do is learn the concepts and then refer to your owner's manual and learn where those controls are on your camera and then apply these techniques to your photography. What you'll find is that you'll start getting professional results.
You'll start getting those telephoto shots, those big shots, those very tight shots with this little camera. It's very exciting. So let's get started.
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